As we were preparing to leave Edmonton, I had a conversation with a long-time friend who I hadn’t spoken with in a couple of years, and I was telling her about our plans to leave for a warmer climate. Her reaction was quite interesting. Her immediate question to me was, “And what about your medical coverage? You’re willing to sacrifice that?”
So let me get this straight, I’m telling you that I want to go see the world and move to a warmer climate and all you can think about is the medical coverage in Alberta? Well, we just had our first encounter with medical coverage in Spain.
On our pre-trip visit to our dentist in Edmonton, we discovered that Susan had a cavity in one of her baby teeth, but unfortunately, she doesn’t have an adult tooth bud underneath that particular tooth. Therefore, we needed to try our best to salvage that tooth as it’s all she’s got for life. So the dentist in Edmonton cleaned it out and gave it a pre-filling but wanted to let it drain over a few weeks. Our bill for Susan’s dental visit was about $400 CAD, and that’s without having the tooth fixed.
While in Spain, Susan’s tooth started to hurt again, so we just visited the tourist information centre in town and spoke with them regarding an English-speaking dentist around here. He directed us to a Dutch dentist in town who speaks perfect English. I called him in the morning, around 10AM and set an appointment for that day for 5PM for Susan.
We showed up to his office and he’s this really cool Dutch ex-pat who now has a dental practice on the Southern coast. He runs a 1-man show here as he is no longer interested in having employees. He had a look at Susan’s cavity and saw the pre-filling. After cleaning it out, he filled the cavity very nicely and quite professionally. I then asked him how much it was going to cost, somewhat cringing, and he replies “48 Euros”… I was a little stunned, but tried not to smile or break into laughter. 48 Euros, huh? You mean “FREE”. That’s about $68 CAD whereas in Canada that would be upwards of $300. The entire appointment only took about half an hour.
I had the opportunity to chat with him at length and he says that this area of Spain is the best climate in all of Europe, saying proudly that he did his research. Marbella in particular, since it’s isolated from the inland climate by a beautiful mountain. It is sandwiched between this mountain and the sea, making for rather dramatic scenery.
In fact, the other night we walked around Puerto Banus, which is the millionaires’ yacht-parking marina and it was gorgeous. This is a picture of it, but not one that we took. I ripped it off Wikipedia. I was using it as my desktop on my triple monitor setup I had back home. It’s quite a large file but an extremely beautiful picture.
Picture by David Iliff.
This is a stunning part of the world, so much so that we just negotiated with our landlord to stick around for an extra week before heading off to Morocco. If we were going to buy a place somewhere outside of Canada, this would be on the short-list. As well, the time zone here beats the pants off the MST of Edmonton if you are a currency trader. I actually get to sleep at night here and my eyeballs aren’t burning anymore. Rather a pleasant change.